## Abstract

A minimal presentation of the cohomology ring of the flag manifold (Formula presented.) was given in A. Borel (1953). This presentation was extended by E. Akyildiz–A. Lascoux–P. Pragacz (1992) to a nonminimal one for all Schubert varieties. Work of V. Gasharov–V. Reiner (2002) gave a short, that is, polynomial-size, presentation for a subclass of Schubert varieties that includes the smooth ones. In V. Reiner–A. Woo–A. Yong (2011), a general shortening was found; it implies an exponential upper bound of (Formula presented.) on the number of generators required. That work states a minimality conjecture whose significance would be an exponential lower bound of (Formula presented.) on the number of generators needed in worst case, giving the first obstructions to short presentations. We prove the minimality conjecture. Our proof uses the Hopf algebra structure of the ring of symmetric functions.

Original language | English (US) |
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Article number | e12832 |

Journal | Journal of the London Mathematical Society |

Volume | 109 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 2024 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- General Mathematics